Jacinta Sarpkaya is well known for many things, but above all else, she’s known for having too many hobbies.
What has been the greatest shift in your career or life and how did you navigate through it?
When I was 25, I herniated two disks in my spine. I could barely walk; I couldn’t sit; I couldn’t even lift my cats. And for over a year, not a single doctor took me seriously. When I finally found one who would listen, the look on his face as he examined the MRI told me how little I’d been overreacting. Within three months, I’d had surgery, followed by a year of physio.
I’ve always been independent, but this — followed by some bad luck on a soccer pitch and an ACL reconstruction — has taught me the importance of asking for – and accepting – help. For over two years, I relied heavily on my husband to help me with everything. I had to learn to let go of guilt and shame and be thankful for the little wins.
Who do you feel was integral to your success? How did their support (or criticism) influence you?
My husband and I married when we were 23, and I’m grateful for every day he has loved me unconditionally, believed in me, and supported my dreams. His love has allowed me to be vulnerable, and to become a better version of myself.
There are also innumerable friends who have inspired me to be better, stronger, more clever, who have challenged me to dream bigger — and who have pointed out to me when I’m being a total jerk, so I could learn to be better.
What are you up to right now that people should know about?
I’m working on a graphic novel with the theme of family and culture. I’ll be posting snippets on @farrahkayaartwork in the coming months!